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Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP

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Francis Ho

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Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP

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Construction and infrastructure


A technically-accomplished lawyer and problem-solver, Francis specialises in construction, infrastructure and projects, particularly those with complex, innovative or fast-moving aspects. His speciality is major projects.

He has substantial experience on ground-breaking schemes both in the UK and internationally (particularly Eastern Europe and MENA) and regularly advises on PPPs, hospitals, sports stadia, datacentres, Private Rented Sector (PRS), student accommodation, universities, skyscrapers, power projects and infrastructure using a wide range of procurement strategies. 

He has particular expertise in Building Information Modelling, sustainable development and renewable energy and sits on the Construction Industry Council's Green Construction Panel and the City of London Law Society's Construction Law Committee. Francis chairs the Chartered Institute of Building’s Contract & Procurement Special Interest Group.

Francis has led some of the largest projects in the world and is a seasoned public speaker and a legal columnist in the construction industry. 

Publications of note: Co-author of the Chartered Institute of Building’s Complex Projects Contract 2013 suite; Co-author of the Chartered Institute of Building’s Time and Cost Management Contract 2015 suite; Columnist for Building magazine and Estates Gazette magazine.


Trained Hewitsons LLP; qualified 2002; head of construction Olswang LLP (2012-16); partner Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP (2016 to date).


English and Cantonese


Chair of the Chartered Institute of Building’s Special Interest Group for Contract & Procurement; Committee Member of the Construction Law Committee of the City of London Law Society; Committee Member of the Construction Industry Council’s Green Construction Panel; Committee Member of the Chartered Institute of Building’s Special Interests Steering Group.

Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Building; Member of the Society of Construction Law; Member of the Society of Construction Law (Africa); Member of the Adjudication Society; Member of the City of London Law Society.


Alleyn's School, Dulwich; University of Leicester – LLB (Hons) (1995-98); University of Leicester – MBA (1998-99); College of Law, Bloomsbury – LPC (1999-2000).

London: Real estate

Contruction: non-contentious

Within: Contruction: non-contentious

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP's practice primarily acts for developers and funders, while also advising contractors, handling across the hotels, social housing, healthcare and renewable energy sectors. The practice is led by Richard Cooke who covers the oil and gas, energy and transport sectors. The 'high performing' Francis Ho is a key member of the team and is advising Harlow Properties on a regeneration project in Harlow, Essex.

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